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Arenas tweets about gun incident, says he’s seen worse

Jul 15, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

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The shackles are off Gilbert Arenas.

He loves to tweet, but while he has an NBA contract he could get fined for putting up what he really was thinking — until the lockout. Now he can tweet whatever he wants without fear of reprisal. He was already a must follow before the shackles came off, now he is whatever a “more than must follow” is.

Thursday night, he started tweeting about bringing guns into the locker room and the suspension that cost him a season and a lot of money to follow.

everyone knows about my troubles last yr..the only reason u do know about it is becuz my money making days were up… as long as ur making sumbody lots of money they will let u do what ever u want..when ur time is up they will expose u to the world

if u ever hear about anything in a locker rm is becuz sumbody in high power wants it to get out… once all the free shoes are gone..i will be attacked by the media…becuz theres nothing to be gain anymore

i know what ppl are sayin..i brought ….into the locker rm..theres been full blow paint ball shoot outs in locker rms… being in the nba u see everything…what i got in trouble for ive seen over a dozens times..

i did give them the tool to take me down so its know ones fault but mines..and ive learned and got wiser from it… like i said ive made mistakes when u feel like u can do anything u want u try..and i got smacked down to reality when i went to far

Just a few thoughts from a guy who has never taken a pair of shoes (or anything else of value) from a player or team.

Arenas is right that if he was still a productive, All-Star level player the team might well have worked to sweep the incident under the rug. They would have fought harder for him. Teams will forgive just about anything from a guy who can produce on the court, and that Arenas can’t really do that anymore didn’t help his cause.

However, the “this was no big deal because I’ve seen worse” attitude is an argument my 7-year-old tries to use — and I don’t buy it from her. I’m not buying it from Arenas either. Just because you saw guns and a paintball fight in the locker room does not make bringing a gun into the locker room okay. This was still a violation of the law and just common sense. Those other should have been punished too, and it our current media environment it will be more likely things like this get called out in the future.

Did someone from the Wizards make this public? Probably. And it did save Washington money it didn’t have to pay Arenas during the suspension. But realize that the combination of this incident and his anchor of a contract made it even harder to trade Arenas. One would have thought impossible, but that’s another story for another day.

  1. tashkalucy - Jul 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Whew!

    I was worried.

    I thought maybe those statements his agent paid a PR firm to write that Arenas signed his name to might have has some effect – I mean, who in their right mind believed everything that was written.

    But it is good to know that now that HE isn’t making “lots of money” he doesn’t have to take any responsibility for his actions, and he can assure us through Twitter that all those published statements that he signed and read to us weren’t true.

    WWF, eat your hearts out. These NBA kids top your high school dropouts more by the day.

    Now, you guys got anything from the Lebron circus today?

  2. jjstrokes - Jul 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Once the lockout is lifted the Magic should think about hiring a guy strictly to keep Arenas from using the internet.

  3. tashkalucy - Jul 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    The reason I keep coming back?

    The entire NBA is a joke. It doesn’t even pretend to act like a professional sports league anymore.

    The daily stories involve a bunch of overgrown kids that make millions, tens of millions, and hindreds of millions, and they complain about every thing and everyone that won’t let them do what they want to do when they want to do it. From Lebron James to Carmelo Anthony to Amar-apostrophe-e Stoudemire to Gillbert Arenas, every time they mess something up it’s always someone else’s fault. These people have no responsibility to the employers or league that made them mulit-miallionaires. The coaches, GMS’, owners and league are just plain fortunate to have them – and all these people are making money off of their talents. But mostly, the fans have the ultimate pleasure of watching them play a game….if they feel up to it hat day. What a favor they’re do for the rest of humanity.

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      We’d appreciate it if you didn’t come back. Your comments about players being immature got old a long time ago.

      • tashkalucy - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        My comments out about the players being immature go old a long time ago?

        Did you read the article?

      • tashkalucy - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        On a personal note,

        I started buying gold and silver in the early 2000’s.

        One can tell this generation of America’s the truth that is staring them in the face, but they only get mad at the person pointing the situation out.

        No matter how you spin it, the lockout is going to be a long one. But no matter the outcome, the fans will be back on day one with money falling out of their pockets. Until then it’s the players agents job to get them some of the fans money today.

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 15, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    “Had I been in my prime, I would have gotten away with it!”

    “…but I’ve seen a bunch of guys do the same thing I did!”

    And at the very end he makes an inauthentic attempt at owning up to the situation…

    Pathetic.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    People need to stop holding these “professional” athletes to a higher, “holyer than thou” standard. They are regular people just like you and me and have flaws just like everyone else. Just because they are bigger/taller/faster/quicker/stronger and get paid for PLAYING a GAME for a living, we shouldn’t chastize them for bieng real and speaking thier mind and sharing their very real feelings and emotions, no matter how wrong they may are may not be. Immature/young/boneheaded etc., etc. Fact of the matter is if we were all under the media microscope like these guys ALL of us would be exposed for flaws and at times questional behavior. And there’s nothing wrong with that, we are only human. But to get nasty and judge these people like we are God himself is just ridiculous. Now as fans we could judge their game all we want and say whatever, but to expect them to be perfect in life is insane. Yes they may make upwards of 100’s of millions of dollars (and from what it seems, many of you guys feel like because of that they should walk the straight and narrow) but no ones putting a freaking gun to our heads telling us to buy tickets, jerseys, posters, cards, memorobillia and whatnots that pay these kids and men. Just let them be and find someone else to be your role model. These guys just play a damn game.

    • gor76 - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:39 PM

      I don’t think anyone is holding Gilbert to any sort of higher standard. If I did what he did, I would have been fired on the spot with cause, unless it happened to be “Take your gun to work day”. Gilbert, on the other hand, was suspended for a number of months then continued to work for the same employer, depending on how you define “work”.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM

        gor76…I completly understand what what you are saying. What I was responding to was more about the tone of the comments made above me and where the comment part of this article was seemingly headed. And it’s not just about Gilbert, but with the attitude most commenters have with all athletes, pro basketball or not. But I feel you though on your response comment. (” unless it happend to be ‘take your gun to work day’ ” LOL )

      • tashkalucy - Jul 15, 2011 at 4:07 PM

        Let’s see if I got this right…..

        If an accountant in an office (private sector) or a postman in the mailing room (public sector) brought some hand guns and was jokingly threatening a co-worker with them in front of other co-workers, that would be fine.

        And if the story got in the newspaper and the person took all the co-workers out to the counter and in front of a line of customers was dancing around pretending to fire a guy, that too would be OK.

        And if all this was done in an area that lead the entire United States in handgun murders, that would just be seen as the ultimate in humor.

        Right.

        And if the person were not fired but simply reprimanded and came back 2 years later tweeting about how all the people in authority only picked on him, then that would be OK.

        But we’re supposed to believe that when a professional athlete does it they’e being picked on unfairly, and we shouldn’t hold them to such a high standard?

        You mean, like O.J. Simpson, right?

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      I don’t think expecting athletes to adhere to the same laws as us is holding them to a holier than thou standard.

  6. asublimeday - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Stereotype.

  7. blackngold4life - Jul 16, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    SELF-RIGHTEOUS MFS.

  8. goforthanddie - Jul 16, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    I’m sure he’s seen worse. I’m sure he’s done worse. Point?

  9. dysraw1 - Jul 17, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    gilbert is out of his mind to rehash is foolish mistake. wrong is wrong so stop.

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